Celebrities support hospice care through London Marathon

Categories: Community Engagement.

Jersey Hospice Care is thrilled to have radio presenter Peter Mac running for them in this year’s London Marathon. 

Peter has been a radio presenter for 20 years and is quite possibly the longest serving breakfast show presenter in the UK, having been getting up ridiculously early to present the breakfast show on Channel 103 for about 15 years. He is also a cognitive hypnotherapist who works with many clients to help them through many problems.

He has worked at a number of Jersey Hospice Care events and said he is proud to be running the London Marathon on behalf of the hospice. In a blog post on Jersey Hospice Care’s website, Peter said the task was both “a great honour and absolutely terrifying”. 

To read more about the other Jersey Hospice Care runners’ preparation for the London Marathon, visit www.jerseyhospicecare.com/londonmarathon 

Hospices of Hope, the leading palliative care charity in South Eastern Europe, is lucky enough to have two former Olympians taking part in the London Marathon this year and raising money on their behalf. 

Steven van Groningen, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Romania, and his Olympic Gold medalist wife Valeria are running the marathon to raise funds for a new hospice being built by Hospices of Hope in their home city of Bucharest.

Steven said: “I’ve run many marathons before but I am really excited to be running the London Marathon for Hospices of Hope, a charity of which I am an Honorary Patron. 

“It’s a cause I believe in very much and seeing at first hand the problems faced by terminally ill patients in Romania, this is a way I can make a difference and draw attention to a very important cause. We have raised 70% of the funds needed so far, but we still need to raise a further 1.6 million euros before we can open the doors.”

After meeting at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, while both rowing, Steven and Valeria were married and they are now very involved in developing sport in Romania. Valeria is the race director for the Bucharest International Marathon and Steven has started a public cycling scheme. While staying involved in sport and personal fitness, this is the first time Steven has ever run the London Marathon.

Hospices of Hope chairman Graham Perolls said: “Steven and Valeria have been a wonderful support to our hospice projects in Romania over many years. They are both extremely busy people, yet they always find the time to think of others and do what they can to help those in need.

“Terminally ill patients in Bucharest who cannot afford private care simply have nowhere to turn and often suffer terribly, so for them the new hospice cannot come soon enough.”

Anyone wishing to support Steven and Valeria and help get the Bucharest Hospice open can sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/Steven-van-Groningen

And for those people attending the London Marathon to support on Sunday, look out for Peter, Steven and Valeria, along with all the other people running to support hospice care.

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